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Campground Owner Arrested on Sexual Assault Charges

August 11, 2009 by   - () Leave a Comment

kastle1The owner of the Kastle Kampground in Waupaca County, Wis., is now behind bars, for the alleged sexual assault of three young males ages 10 to 21. Brian Miller, 41, was arrested in Dane County on Friday (Aug. 7), according to WFRV-TV, Green Bay.

According to the criminal complaint, he will face three counts of third degree sexual assault and one count of fourth-degree sexual assault. Miller has not yet made any court appearances.

Miller purchased the Kastle Kampground about one and half years ago, but investigators believe some of the sexual assaults started before then. The Kastle Kampground is located on 100 acres of woods along Kinney Lake, near Marion, and includes 700 camping sites.

The investigation into the sexual assaults was prompted on June 28, when sheriff’s deputies were called to an underage drinking party on the campground. Under questioning, deputies learned that two of the young men involved claimed to have been sexually assaulted by Miller.

“It grew, kind of spider-webbed out to a lot bigger case when we investigated that,” said Waupaca County Sheriff Brad Hardel.

A third victim contacted the Waupaca County Sheriff’s Department July 25, claiming he too had been sexually assaulted on the campground.

The criminal complaint claims the young men were assaulted after being taken for rides on staff golf carts, in the campground’s bar, or in a hot tub. It reads, “In most cases there was large amounts of alcohol consumed; and their ability to resist his advances were diminished.”

Investigators believe Miller could have more victims who have not come forward.

“From the investigations we’ve done, information we have, we believe there is probably other victims out there,” said Hardel.

Hardel is asking any other victims to come forward by calling the Waupaca County Sheriff’s Department or the Department of Criminal Investigations.

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